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Statement in Response to Events in Charlottesville

We at Sanford unequivocally condemn the ideologies of hatred, intolerance, and white supremacy that were laid bare before the world this weekend. We affirm that this school is stronger as a place for people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and identities, and commit ourselves to the pursuits of diversity and inclusivity. We also acknowledge that announcements like this are but a token display of our determination, and that as an educational institution we must be part of specific and ongoing efforts to combat intolerance and hatred. We hope that you all will stand with us going forward as we work to make Sanford a place where tolerance, acceptance, respect, and diversity flourish.


Korstad Receives NEH Grant for Civil Rights Project

The Lucky Strike Tower at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham

Robert Korstad, professor of public policy and history, will direct an institute for 30 teachers next summer titled “The Civil Rights Movement: Grassroots Perspectives.” The institute is made possible by a grant totaling $188,974 from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be hosted by the Franklin Humanities Institute. The summer institute will bring together teachers from across the United States for a three-week residency at Duke University in July 2018. 


Challenges to Our National Security and Democracy with Congressman Adam Schiff

Statue of Liberty

Congressman Adam Schiff (CA-28) will deliver the Terry Sanford Distinguished Lecture on Monday, October 30 at 5:30 p.m. in Penn Pavilion.  


Study Finds Links Between Exposure to Violence and Obesity in Teens

Teens consumed more unhealthy foods and beverages on days they were exposed to violence, and suffered from fatigue due to poor sleep the next day, according to a new study by Duke researchers. Those behaviors, especially increased soda consumption, are important predictors of weight gain.


#HumansofDukeSanford Kate Lohmeyer

MPP/MBA student Kate Lohmeyer

"When I was a child, I would spend hours with my grandmother looking at her photo albums from traveling all over Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. She showed me pictures of wildlife from the Galapagos, art from France and Italy, and engineering projects in China. From her kitchen table on the South Side of Chicago, my grandmother opened my eyes to the broader world and sparked a lifelong interest in reaching out beyond our borders. Following my first year at Sanford, I have had the great privilege of interning at the World Trade Organization in Switzerland. This summer, I witnessed and became a part of the international efforts to face down the growing challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. I never could have imagined the trajectory from my grandmother's kitchen table to the dais of the WTO, but I know I have her to thank for instilling in me a concern for others and an interest in international affairs. I don't know what my child self would think about who I have become or what I do today, but I know she would be elated to find herself following in her grandmother's footsteps and stepping out to face challenges beyond our shores." -Kate Lohmeyer, MPP/MBA '19


Sanford in India: Inside A Unique Summer Program

Students talking to Indian people in rural village

It is one thing to travel to India and explore the culture as a tourist, it is another thing to live in rural India with a local family while interning with an area nonprofit. MPP student Phil Hah (’17) did exactly that.


At POLIS Discussion, Bipartisanship Shows it Endures

Professor Fritz Mayer convenes a discussion on bipartisanship with Senators Maggie Hassan and Shelley Moore Capito.

Despite the divisive nature of U.S. politics, bipartisanship is still alive and well, according to two U.S. senators who spoke at the Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on July 17.


#HumansofDukeSanford Maithy Tranphung

MPP Student Maithy Tranphung

"I love a good challenge. To me, life without challenges is mundane. Geneva is a challenge. I spend my days navigating a new environment and culture. My internship pushes me to learn about a field in which I have no prior experience, which is emergency operation. I struggled initially to learn the frameworks and language that forms the foundation of emergency operation. In honesty, I have yet to make a dent in this pool of knowledge. It is a constant battle. Frustration is a part of my daily life here, as I get irritated at myself for making mistakes and not being sharper. However, within that frustration, I find my happiest moments in Geneva. Wait a moment, frustration and happy? How does that work? Well, simply put, I feel myself growing. I cannot put it into words, but I sense myself changing. Changes that are good. It is the mysterious feeling of change and growth that makes me happy." - Maithy Tranphung, MPP '18 


Duke Receives $5.9 Million to Launch Global Food Policy Center


DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University will use $5.9 million in grants to bolster efforts to improve global food policy and inform issues such as malnutrition and food safety.


#HumansofDukeSanford: Nathan Keene

Undergraduate Student Nathan Keene

"The ethics class I took for the Public Policy requirements - we talked a lot about health outcomes and inequalities and Scrap Exchange tackles that. They try to engage low-income neighborhoods and the community around here. Seeing that has helped me to apply the ethics  that I have learned. I have taken [several] philosophy courses and there is a lot that I learned about the importance of community, the rights of a community, how it helps individuals to grow. Scrap Exchange is really big on trying to foster that sense of community, and help try to make itself part of Durham."


Study Debunks Claim of Greatly Improved Survival Rate for Gunshot Victims

Medical Care patient

DURHAM, N.C. -- The survival rate of U.S. gunshot victims has not shown a marked improvement, as other recent studies have suggested, according to new research from Duke University and the University of California, Davis.

The purported increase in survival rate had been credited to improvements in emergency treatment and medical care of critically injured patients. But on close analysis, researchers found problems in the way data was collected and coded.


Student Research Reveals Way to Increase On-Time Tax Payments

Tyler Gamble smiling

For his masters project, Tyler Gamble ran an experiment with Guilford County, N.C. to find out if small changes to a single letter could get more people to pay their taxes on time. He used principles from behavioral economics in his project and the outcome surprised even him.